February 6, 2014

Aspen

CHIPOLA RANKED IN TOP 150 U.S. COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Eligible For $1 Million Aspen Institute Prize

                Washington, DC – For the third straight year, Chipola College has been named one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute based on exceptional levels of student success.

                Chipola is among 15 Florida College System institutions eligible to compete for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize money. Florida colleges named to the list, are: Broward, Chipola, Eastern Florida State, Edison, Indian River, Lake-Sumter, Miami Dade, Northwest Florida State, Palm Beach State, Pasco-Hernando State, Santa Fe, South Florida State, State College of Florida, Tallahassee and Valencia.

                Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, says, “I am proud that Chipola has once again been recognized by the Aspen Institute.  This nomination affirms the work being done by our faculty to ensure that our students receive a quality education.”

                Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community colleges, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds.

                The Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

                The Aspen Institute identified the top community colleges through an assessment of institutional performance, improvement, and equity on student retention and completion measures. A full list of the colleges is available at www.AspenPrize.org

                Chipola was named to the the top 150 list from a national pool of over 1,000 public two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes. Chipola had a first-year retention rate of 62.2 percent compared to the national average of 52 percent. Chipola’s three-year graduation/transfer rate was 61.2 percent compared to the 39.8 percent national average. Chipola awards 38.3 credentials per 100 Full Time Equivalent students compared to the national average of 17.9.

                The 150 eligible community colleges have been invited to submit applications containing detailed data on degree/certificate completion (including progress and transfer rates), labor market outcomes (employment and earnings), and student learning outcomes. They must demonstrate that they deliver exceptional student results for all students – including those from racial minority and/or low-income backgrounds – and also use data to inform decisions and continually improve over time.

                Ten finalists will be named in fall 2014. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data, including employment and earnings data from states and transfer data from the National Student Clearinghouse. A distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prize winner and a few finalists with distinction in early 2015.

                Nearly half of America’s college students attend community colleges, with more than seven million students – youth and adult learners – working towards certificates and degrees in these institutions across the country.

                Chipola is designated as a state college in the Florida College System. Established in 1947, Chipola offers the Bachelor of Science Degree, Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs.

                For information about Chipola College, visit www.chipola.edu or phone 850-526-2761.

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February 6, 2014

Chipola Nursing Accreditation

CHIPOLA NURSING ADVANCES IN NATIONAL ACCREDITATION PROCESS

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College School of Health Sciences recently completed the first step in a three-step process for national accreditation for the college’s nursing programs by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  

                During the week of Jan. 27, five nursing professionals representing ACEN conducted a site visit to Chipola. The team recommended Chipola’s Associate Degree Nursing and Baccalaureate Nursing programs for national accreditation for five years. 

                The second step is the Evaluation Review Panel (ERP) meeting in Atlanta on June 2-6.  The third and final step is July 10-11 when the ACEN Board of Commissioners will make the final decision. Chipola will receive notification within 30 days of the board decision.

                The accreditation journey began in February 2013 with the acceptance of candidacy status for national accreditation of both programs. Chipola’s nursing programs have maintained continuous accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) since their inception. The Health Sciences Department pursued the national accreditation status for both programs. Statistics reveal that graduate nurses from nationally-accredited programs have enhanced opportunities for employment and educational advancement. 

                Dr. Vickie Stephens, Chipola Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Chipola, says, “This ACEN recommendation is a testament to the professionalism of our educational team. We embrace the opportunity to provide quality health education through innovative teaching and partnerships with our community.”

                Dr. Jason Hurst, Chipola Executive Vice President of Chipola, says, “I congratulate Dr. Stephens, the nursing faculty and staff for their hard work in this effort. This is an important milestone in the life of our Nursing programs. National accreditation by ACEN will greatly expand the career and educational opportunities for our graduates.”

                Chipola offers the RN to BSN Degree with all upper level classes available online. The Associate Degree Nursing program provides training to prepare students for certification as Registered Nurses. The college also offers two bridge programs: LPN to RN and Paramedic to RN. 

                For information about Chipola’s Nursing programs, call 850-718-2316 or visit www.chipola.edu

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February 6, 2014

THREE CHIPOLA TEAMS QUALIFY FOR NATIONAL BRAIN BOWL

                MARIANNA—Three Chipola College Brain Bowl teams have qualified for the 2014 Community College National Championship Tournament in Atlanta on Feb. 28–March 1.  

                The Chipola teams earned bids to nationals by performing well at the Community College Sectional Championship Tournament hosted by Chipola on Jan. 24-25.  Eight sectionals across the nation were held with 65 teams competing for 24 spots.

                Chipola A will enter the national tournament as the number one seed based on their performance at the sectional. Chipola A averaged the most points per game of all 65 teams across the nation.  Chipola A also had the top three individual scorers at the sectional, with Jacob Leff, William Singleton, and Wesley Chevillot, placing first, second and third respectively.

Team A regular Rebecca Delgado was unable to play because of a prior commitment, but will play with the team at nationals.

                Chipola B will enter nationals as the number 15 seed. Chipola C is the number 21 seed. Vallen Driggers from Chipola C was fourth in overall scoring. Trenton McDaniel from Chipola B was sixth overall.

                Chipola B team members are: Trenton McDaniel, Caroline Nichols, Alana Hearn and Fletcher Dilmore. Chipola C team members are:  Vallen Driggers, Masha Yaroshenko, Ashley Delameter and Will Glover.

                Chipola Brain Bowl coaches are Stan Young, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, and volunteer assistant coach Dr. Robert Dunkle.

                Statistics from the sectional are available at http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=5401 Team ratings are available http://www.naqt.com/stats/rating-values.jsp?rating_group_id=1033

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February 6, 2014

FEC

CHIPOLA FUTURE EDUCATORS WIN AT STATE COMPETITION

                ORLANDO—Faculty and students from the Chipola College School of Education brought home three awards from the recent Florida Future Educators Association State Conference/Competition in Orlando.

                Chipola students competed against other postsecondary institutions in categories including: Lesson Plan, Essay, Speech, PowerPoint, Public Service Announcement and Display. 

                Chipola’s Meagan Sanders placed first in the Lesson Plan competition.  Kristin Eaton was second in the Public Service Announcement contest.  The team of Frances Martin, Mallory Gibbons, Kristin Eaton and Meagan Sanders placed second in the Display competition.

                Chipola instructor Casey Bush is faculty sponsor of the Future Educators Club.

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February 6, 2014

Sound of Music

TICKETS ON SALE FOR CHIPOLA SOUND OF MUSIC OPENING NIGHT GALA

                MARIANNA—Chipola College theatre-goers are invited to enjoy dinner-and-a-show for opening night of the college production of “The Sound of Music,” Wednesday, Feb. 26. 

                Tickets for the Opening Night Gala are on sale now in the Center for the Arts Box Office. Gala dinner tickets are $30.  Play tickets—$8—must be purchased separately and can be purchased at the same time as the Gala ticket.  Deadline for dinner reservations is Feb. 19.  No additional dinner seating will be available the night of the event. The Opening Night Gala will include dinner in the Center for the Arts Experimental Theatre and a pre-performance chat with Director Charles Sirmon before the show.

                Show tickets without the dinner go on sale to the public, Wednesday, Feb. 12. The Center for the Arts Box Office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon. All proceeds will go to the Chipola ACT Fund.

                For ticket information, call 850-718-2420.

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February 6, 2014

THROSSELL LITERATURE/LANGUAGE FESTIVAL SET AT CHIPOLA

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will host the Twenty-fourth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival on Friday, Feb. 14.

                Currently enrolled juniors or seniors from high schools in the Chipola District will compete in writing, speech, oral interpretation, humanities, grammar/mechanics/usage, literature, reading and Spanish competitions.  Festival coordinator Dr. Rachel West says, “Recognition will be given to first, second, and third places and two honorable mentions in each competition.  A monetary award will be given to the first place winner of the President’s Reading contest.”

                The festival will begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude with the awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Lunch, compliments of the college, will be provided to the contestants and their sponsors. Participants also will see a preview of the upcoming Chipola musical The Sound of Music.

                Dr. Sarah Clemmons says, “We are looking forward to hosting our twenty-fourth festival.  It is always a pleasure to have area high school students on our campus for a day of academic competition.”

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February 6, 2014

BUSINESS FINANCE SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a small business seminar, “Business Finance,” Friday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, in Room M-108 of the Business and Technology building (M).

                The seminar will cover grants, personal loans, lines of credit, small business loans, SBA guaranteed loans 7(a), SBA 504, building and long-term equipment loans. Topics will include: how lenders evaluate loans; structuring loans to match the business need; how develop a plan to present to the lender to include terms, conditions and collateral requirements. The seminar also will cover credit cards, crowd-funding, micro-loans, rural ag loans, alternative loan programs and equity investors. 

                Cost of the seminar is $15. Registration deadline is Jan. 15. Participants may register online at www.northfloridabiz.com.

                The first six Chipola students to sign up will receive free admission. Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in Building M, (108). 

                For information, contact Severson at 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu

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February 6, 2014

 THE SOUND OF MUSIC PLAYING AT CRAA MEETING

                MARIANNA— Chipola Theatre will present highlights from the upcoming musical “The Sound of Music” at the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Jim’s Buffet in Marianna.

                The public is invited to attend the Dutch-treat buffet luncheon which begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program at noon.

                During the program, there will be a drawing for free tickets to this historically sold-out musical series which opens Feb. 26.

                CRAA’s annual mini-grant program recently awarded a new record of 24 grants this season for applications from art, music, and theatre teachers across Chipola’s five counties.  

                CRAA is now seeking talented music, art, and theatre students from Calhoun County to apply for their rotating scholarship program.  Information and applications are available on the Fine Arts - Scholarships link at www.chipola.edu.  Application deadline is March 7.

                The Partner in the Arts campaign has just been launched to support next year’s CRAA programs.  Contributors to this campaign not only have the opportunity to help support the arts in the community, but also are recognized as contributors on the Artist Series programs.

                For information on the CRAA meeting, call (850) 718-2277.

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February 6, 2014

TEACHER WORKSHOP FEB. 8

                The Chipola Future Educators Club will host its sixth Annual Teacher Workshop, Saturday, Feb. 8, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Building Z.  Teachers and students interested in a career in education are invited to attend.  

                RSVP to Casey Bush at bushc@chipola.edu or phone 850- 526-2761, Ext. 2449.

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February 6, 2014

CHIPOLA HOMECOMING FEB. 12-22

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will celebrate Homecoming 2014, Feb. 12-22. This year’s theme is “Chipola Rocks the Rim.”

                Candidates for the Homecoming Court will be introduced at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Cafeteria. Voting will take place Feb. 12 in the following locations: Cafeteria, 10-11 a.m.; Student Activities Office (K-105), 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lobby of Building Z, 5-6 p.m. Voting will continue Feb. 13 in the Student Activities Office (K-105) from 8 a.m. to noonStudents must be currently enrolled to vote.

                The top two freshmen vote winners (women and men) and the top three sophomores or upper classmen vote winners will be named to the Homecoming Court. The sophomore or upper classmen winners will be crowned Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola at the Homecoming game on Feb. 22.

                SGA will sponsor a Building Decoration Contest among campus organizations to be judged at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18. Buildings must be decorated on Monday, Feb. 17. Campus groups should contact Nancy Johnson about the building their club would like to decorate.

                Dress up days for the week include: Monday, Feb. 17, Pajama Day; Tuesday, Feb. 18, Superhero Day; Wednesday, Feb. 19, Blue and Gold Day; Thursday, Feb. 20, Sports Day; and Friday, Feb. 21, Harry Potter Day.

                The Homecoming Talent show is Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m. in the Chipola Cultural Center (formerly known as the Arts Center). The contest is open to any campus group or individual currently enrolled. Cash prizes will be awarded to: Best Overall - 1st, 2nd and 3rd; Best Solo, Best Group and Best Band. Performances are limited to 4 minutes. Sign-up deadline is Feb. 17 in the SGA Office.

                The Homecoming games between Chipola and Northwest Florida are set for Saturday, Feb. 22. The women game tips off at 5:30 p.m. Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough and his wife, Priscilla, will host an Alumni Reception in the Hospitality Room beginning at 6 p.m. All alumni, college retirees and friends of the college are invited.

                The homecoming court will be presented during halftime of the men’s game which begins at 7:30 p.m.

                For information about Homecoming, call Nancy Johnson at 718-2314.

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February 6, 2014

CHIPOLA TERM ‘C’ REGISTRATION IS FEB. 26

                MARIANNA—Registration for Chipola College Spring Term C is Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Classes begin Feb. 27.

                Term C courses are offered in a condensed format of approximately seven weeks compared to the traditional 15-week semester. Late registration is Thursday, Feb. 27, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

                Term C is open to current students and to new students who have never enrolled at Chipola. Current students may add Term C courses to their existing schedules.

                Term C courses include: (ENC 0025) Develop Writing II, 5:30-9:30, Tuesday and Thursday; (AMH 2010) American History to 1865 (online); (PSY 2012) General Psychology (online); (SLS 1101) Orientation (online) and (SYG 1010) Contemporary Sociology (online).

                Chipola's open-door policy guarantees acceptance to any student with a standard high school diploma or its equivalent. Prospective students should complete a college application, available in the Office of Admissions, or online atwww.chipola.edu. Students must provide an official high school or college transcript. Students should visit an academic advisor in the Student Services building to register.

                For information about enrolling at Chipola, call the Admissions Office at 850-718-2311, or visit www.chipola.edu

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February 6, 2014

CHIPOLA TO RETIRE RUSSELL MARTIN’S JERSEY ON FEB. 8

                MARIANNA— Chipola baseball alumni, their families, and fans are invited to participate in the 2014 Chipola College Baseball Alumni Weekend set for Feb. 7 and 8.

                Chipola will hold a Jersey Retirement Ceremony for MLB All-Star Russell Martin, Saturday, Feb. 8, at 12:30 p.m.

                Martin hit a pair of solo home runs to lead his Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds in a season-ending wild card game on Oct. 1, 2013, to lead the Pirates to their first post-season appearance in 21 years.

                Martin, a native of Ontario, Canada, led Chipola to a second place finish in the Florida College System State tournament in 2002. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 17th round of the 2002 draft and made his major league debut on May 5, 2006, at age 23. The three-time MLB All Star has won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards.  He spent five years in LA, before moving on the Yankees where he was starting catcher in 2011-2012. In November, 2012, the Pirates signed Martin for two years and $17 million.

                The weekend begins with two Chipola baseball games on Friday, Feb. 7. Chipola plays Shelton State at 10 a.m. and Walters State at 1 p.m. An Alumni Social will be held at Circle S Plantation.

                A Golf Tournament featuring a four-person, scramble format tees off Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Indian Springs Golf Club. All golfers are invited to tee it up with current and former Major League Baseball alumni, sponsors and guests. A casual Alumni Social is set for Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.

                Saturday’s events kick-off with Chipola vs. Walters State at 10 a.m. At 12:30 p.m., the annual Alumni Home Run Derby will commence the Martin Jersey retirement. A a silent auction of MLB memorabilia will run during the derby with an MLB/MiLB autograph session to follow.

                The annual Alumni Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at Citizen’s Lodge with special guest speakers and entertainment to be announced.

                Head Coach Jeff Johnson and members of the Alumni Committee—Nathan Marks (00’), Andrew Gay (07’), Jason Barber (06’)—invite all former players and Chipola alumni to join them in supporting and participating in the weekend’s events.

                Chipola head coach Jeff Johnson, says, “We want to stay in touch with as many of our alumni and fans of our program as possible. We invite everyone to participate in our Alumni Weekend to have a great time and support our Chipola Indians.”

                Anyone interested in participating in or sponsoring the event should email nathan@marksinsurance.com. For information, visit www.chipola.edu or phone Coach Johnson at 850-718-2237.

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February 6, 2014

CHIPOLA TO OFFER CORRECTIONS CLASSES

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Public Service Department will offer a Corrections and course a Cross-over Law Enforcement to Corrections course beginning this month.

                The program will meet weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Completion of the program prepares candidates to take the State Board Examination for entry into the Corrections field.

                Candidates for all programs must be at least 19 years of age and earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.  Cost of the test is $45.

                Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent and must undergo a medical physical examination, background check and drug screening.

                For information regarding the application process, contact Jamie McAllister, Corrections Coordinator, at 718-2212.

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February 13, 2014

CHIPOLA TO HOST OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW WELDING PROGRAM

                MARIANNA—Chipola College officials will host an Open House and Ribbon-Cutting, Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., to celebrate the college’s new Welding program.

                Members of the Chipola District Board of Trustees, welding students and college personnel will be on hand for tours of the lab. The public is invited.

                Chipola has a full class of 20 students currently enrolled in the 1,170 clock-hour course which can be completed in approximately one year. 

                Byron Ward, the Welding Career Coach who helped establish the program, says, “We have an excellent training facility and a great first class of students. The program features state-of-the-art welding equipment in a clean lab environment. Hybrid learning, simulation technologies, and open education resources are used in the curriculum.”

                Chipola welding instructor Patrick Kennedy holds multiple certifications as a Pipe Welder and is a Certified Welding Inspector. He has worked in the nuclear power and gas pipeline industry for more than 20 years.

                The welding program is made possible through a grant awarded to the Alabama/Florida Technical Employment Network (AF-TEN). Chipola, L. B. Wallace, Northwest Florida State, Pensacola State, and Wallace Community College formed the consortium that was awarded a $10 million grant by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The grant supports colleges that provide training for advanced manufacturing jobs. Each college shares a portion of the grant. Chipola’s share is $1.6 million.

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February 13, 2014

Chipola Homecoming Court

CHIPOLA HOMECOMING FEB. 17-22

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will celebrate Homecoming 2014, Feb. 17-22. This year’s theme is “Chipola Rocks the Rim.”

                SGA will sponsor a Building Decoration Contest among campus organizations to be judged at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18.

                Dress up days for the week include: Monday, Feb. 17, Pajama Day; Tuesday, Feb. 18, Superhero Day; Wednesday, Feb. 19, Blue and Gold Day; Thursday, Feb. 20, Sports Day; and Friday, Feb. 21, Harry Potter Day.

                The Homecoming Talent show is Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m. in the Chipola Cultural Center (formerly known as the Arts Center). The contest is open to any campus group or individual currently enrolled. Cash prizes will be awarded to: Best Overall – 1st, 2nd and 3rd; Best Solo, Best Group and Best Band. Performances are limited to 4 minutes. Sign-up deadline is Feb. 17 in the SGA Office.

                The Homecoming games between Chipola and Northwest Florida are set for Saturday, Feb. 22. The women game tips off at 5:30 p.m. Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough and his wife, Priscilla, will host an Alumni Reception in the Hospitality Room beginning at 6 p.m. All alumni, college retirees and friends of the college are invited.

                The homecoming court will be presented during halftime of the men’s game which begins at 7:30 p.m. The Homecoming Court, selected by the student body, includes: freshmen Tierra Campbell of Malone and Sara Kaye Compton of Chipley; sophomores Alexandria Nong of Marianna, Tatum Skipper of Malone and Tiara Sorey of Campbellton. Mr. Chipola candidates include: freshmen Will Glover of Greenwood and Qron Mullins of Panama City; and sophomores John Eubanks of Bonifay, Frankie Murrell of Blountstown and sophomore Micah Ruiz of Bascom.  The Queen and Mr. Chipola will be selected from the sophomore candidates.

                For information about Homecoming, call Nancy Johnson at 718-2314.

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February 13, 2014

TICKETS ON SALE FOR CHIPOLA’S SOUND OF MUSIC

                MARIANNA—Tickets are now on sale for the Chipola College theatre production of “The Sound of Music,” which opens a five-day run Feb. 26. 

                The show runs nightly Wednesday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for 18 and under—are available online at www.chipola.edu and at the Center for the Arts Box Office, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, and one hour before each show.

                Opening Night Gala dinner tickets are $30. Show tickets must be purchased separately.  Deadline for dinner reservations is Feb. 19.   

                The Sound of Music cast includes: Lindsey Wheatley as Maria, Colton Day as Captain von Trapp, Keith Watford as Max, Seth Alderman as Rolf, Kate Burke as Liesl, Evan Barber as Friedrich, Meredith Saunders as Louisa, Chandler King as Kurt, Gracie Wallace as Brigitta, Clara McCallister as Marta, Catherine Lewis as Gretl, Elaine Barfield as Mother Abbess, Cherie White as Berthe, Amy Cloud as Margaretta, Jamie Gibson as Sophie Gibson, Kayla Todd as Elsa Schraeder, Cody Ball as Franz and Odra Chapman as Frau Schmidt. Nuns are Victoria Taylor, Kayla Pickron, Olivia Black, Audrey Earnest, Baylee Earnest, Mary Ann Earnest, Patria Clark, Dianna Glaze, Deanna Baily, Mandy Deese, Odra Chapman, Kelli Todd, Gayle DiBenedetto and Chris Lauen. Neighbors of Von Trapp, Nazis, contestants and guests include: Clyde DeClouet, Will Spencer, Joesph Concovan, Veronica Taylor, Deanna Bailey, Lee Shook, Victoria Taylor, Baylee Earnest, Hugh Black and Diana Glaze. 

                The play is directed by Charles Sirmon and designed by Connie Smith. Musical directors are Dale Heidebrecht and Dr. Josh Martin with choreography by Chris Manasco.

                For ticket information, call 850-718-2420.

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SOUND OF MUSIC TICKETS ON SALE AT CHIPOLA—Tickets are now on sale for the Chipola College theatre production of “The Sound of Music,” which opens a five-day run Feb. 26.  Here, Colton Day as Captain von Trapp (left) and Kayla Todd as Elsa Schraeder, rehearse a scene. For ticket information, call 850-718-2420.

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February 13, 2014

HOLMES COUNTY TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN DONATION

                BONIFAY—Take Stock in Children (TSIC) Chipola College recently received a donation of $23,672 from the Holmes County TSIC Committee.

                The donation was made possible through Take Stock fundraisers in Holmes County. The Chipola Foundation will use the money to purchase two-year scholarships to the college for Holmes County students who qualify for the Take Stock program.

                Applications for TSIC have been distributed to all 8th grade students in Holmes County schools.

                For information about Take Stock, contact Mary Helen Smith at smithm@chipola.edu

or phone 718-2428.

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HOLMES COUNTY TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN—Take Stock in Children (TSIC) Chipola College recently received a donation of $23,672 from the Holmes County TSIC Committee. Pictured from left, are: Carmen Bush, Holmes County Federal Programs Administrator; Mary Helen Smith, Chipola TSIC Program Manager; and Eddie Dixon, Holmes County Superintendent.

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February 13, 2014

CHIPOLA TO OFFER CORRECTIONS CLASSES

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Public Service Department will offer a Corrections and course a Cross-over Law Enforcement to Corrections course beginning this month.

                The program will meet weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Completion of the program prepares candidates to take the State Board Examination for entry into the Corrections field.

                Candidates for all programs must be at least 19 years of age and earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.  Cost of the test is $45.

                Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent and must undergo a medical physical examination, background check and drug screening.

                For information regarding the application process, contact Jamie McAllister, Corrections Coordinator, at 718-2212.

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February 13, 2014

Stem Craven and bridges

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STEM STRENGTH TEST—Jack Craven (left) of Marianna High and Abagail Bridges of Chipley High test the strength of their balsa wood tower at a recent STEM meeting at Chipola College. Chipola professors and high school faculty led students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities. The event was organized by the FloridaLearns STEM Scholars Project, in collaboration with the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC) targeting gifted and talented students in grades 9-12.  STEM is a multi-million dollar education campaign to encourage students attending Florida’s rural schools to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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February 13, 2014

Russell Martin retirement

CHIPOLA RETIRES RUSSELL MARTIN’S JERSEY ON ALUMNI WEEKEND

                MARIANNA— Former Chipola baseball players returned to their alma mater for the annual Chipola College Baseball Alumni Weekend Feb. 7-8.

                The college officially retired MLB All-Star Russell Martin’s number 12 Chipola jersey in a Feb. 8 ceremony. Martin hit a pair of solo home runs to lead his Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds in a season-ending wild card game on Oct. 1, 2013, to lead the Pirates to their first post-season appearance in 21 years.

                A native of Ontario, Canada, Martin led Chipola to a second place finish in the 2002 Florida College System State tournament. He was drafted by the Dodgers in the 17th round that year. The three-time MLB All Star has won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards.  He spent five years in LA, before moving on the Yankees where he was starting catcher in 2011-12. He was catching for the Yankees when Mariano Rivera broke the all-time save record in 2011. In November, 2012, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Martin for two years and $17 million.

                Mat Gamel, now a member of the Atlanta Braves, was the winner of the annual Alumni Home Run Derby. Jeff Mathis of the Miami Marlins, Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays, and former Chipola player Charlie Dees captained teams for the derby. Visiting big-leaguers also donated thousands in memorabilia to support the Chipola program. Several returning players participated in an MLB/MiLB autograph session.

                An Alumni Social was hosted by Jason and Kim Barber at Circle S Ranch. An alumni dinner featured special guest speakers FSU assistant Mike Martin, Jr., and Troy head coach Bobby Pierce.

                Chipola head Coach Jeff Johnson and members of the Baseball Alumni Committee—Nathan Marks (00’), Andrew Gay (07’), Jason Barber (06’)—organized the weekend’s events.

                Coach Johnson, says, “We appreciate all the fans and former players who came out to support our program. These guys are so generous with their time and resources. It means a lot to our program.”

                For information about Chipola baseball’s alumni happenings, email nathan@marksinsurance.com, visit www.chipola.edu or phone Coach Johnson at 850-718-2237.

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February 13, 2014

Demetrious Floyd

LADY INDIANS WIN PANHANDLE BASKETBALL TITLE

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians captured their first Panhandle Conference title since 1990 with a 69-30 win over Gulf Coast on Feb. 11.

                Evelyn Akhator led Chipola with 18 points, 15 rebounds and 4 steals. Khadijah Ellison had 11 points with 5 assists. The Lady Indians are headed to the FCSAA State Tournament, March 5-8 in Ocala.

                The Chipola Indians held on for an 83-82 overtime win over arch-rival Gulf Coast. Chipola had a 19-point lead in the first half, but Gulf Coast came back to pull ahead in the second half and push the game into overtime. Jamaar McKay’s layup gave Chipola an 80-76 lead with 18 seconds left in OT, but Gulf Coast made a free throw to cut the lead to 3. With 13 seconds left, Sam Cassell, Jr., broke free against the full-court press and was fouled while scoring on a layup. His three-point play gave the Indians an 83-79 lead with eight seconds left.

                Chipola (6-4) is tied with Pensacola (6-4) for second place in the league, a half-game behind Northwest (6-3). The top two teams earn a berth to the FCSAA State Tournament in Ocala beginning March 5.

                The Indians lost to Pensacola 68-64 on Feb. 8. Carlos Morris poured in 27 points and pulled down seven rebounds for the Indians. The loss at Pensacola was the second for the week after falling to Northwest 90-83 on Feb. 5.

                Chipola is off this Saturday before heading to Tallahassee on Feb. 18. Chipola’s final games of the regular season are Saturday, Feb. 22, when both teams host Northwest for Homecoming. Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough and his wife, Priscilla, will host an Alumni Reception beginning at 6 p.m. Alumni, retirees and friends of the college are invited. The homecoming court will be presented, and the Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola will be crowned, during halftime of the men’s game

                All Conference games will be broadcast on WJAQ-100.9 FM and on the web at PSBLIVE.com. For the latest news about Chipola Athletics, visit www.chipolaathletics.com.     

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February 13, 2014

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CHIPOLA’S MARS IS STATE BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

                MARIANNA—Chipola College outfielder Danny Mars is this week’s NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Baseball Player of the Week.

                Mars, a sophomore from Sarasota, has batted .542 (13-for-24) with 13 runs scored, one home run and eight RBI in eight games to date.

                Mars opened the season on an eight-game hitting streak, including four multi-hit games, has scored in each game and drawn eight walk. Against Palm Beach State on Feb. 2, he finished a double shy of hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a triple, home run and three RBI.

                The Chipola squad is on the road for five games in Las Vegas Feb. 13-15 before returning home to host Gordon State for three games, Feb. 21 and 22. The first is Friday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 22, Chipola hosts Gordon at noon and at 3:30 p.m. 

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February 13, 2014


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CHIPOLA’S HARRISON IS STATE SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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                MARIANNA—Chipola College’s Katie Harrison is this week’s NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Softball Player of the Week.

                Harrison, a sophomore from Noblesville, Ind., has batted .400 (12-of-3) with nine runs scored, three home runs and 18 RBI through 11 games to date.

                After going hitless in the season opener, Harrison homered and drove in two runs against Phoenix College and had two more RBI against Southern Idaho – all on Jan. 31.

                She closed the voting period by going a combined 7-for-8 with 11 RBI in wins over West Georgia Tech and Gadsden State on Feb. 8. Harrison also drew nine walks.

                The Lady Indians play seven games this weekend as they host the Florida Public Utilities Classic. On Friday, Feb. 14, Chipola plays Georgia Perimeter at 2 p.m. and Georgia Military at 4 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 15, Chipola plays Alabama Southern at 10 a.m., Walters State at 2 p.m. and Southern Union at 4 p.m. Chipola closes out the FPU Classic Sunday, Feb. 16, when they host Chattanooga State at 11 a.m. and Darton at 1 p.m.

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February 19, 2014

CHIPOLA HOSTS OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW WELDING PROGRAM

                MARIANNA—Chipola College officials held an Open House and Ribbon-Cutting, Tuesday, Feb. 18, to celebrate the opening of the college’s new Welding program.

                Members of the Chipola District Board of Trustees, welding students and college personnel were on hand for tours of the lab. 

                Chipola has a full class of 20 students currently enrolled in the 1,170 clock-hour course which can be completed in approximately one year. 

                Byron Ward, the Welding Career Coach who helped establish the program, says, “We have an excellent training facility and a great first class of students. The program features state-of-the-art welding equipment in a clean lab environment. Hybrid learning, simulation technologies, and open education resources are used in the curriculum.”

                Chipola welding instructor Patrick Kennedy holds multiple certifications as a Pipe Welder and is a Certified Welding Inspector. He has worked in the nuclear power and gas pipeline industry for more than 20 years.

                Dr. Jason Hurst, Chipola Executive Vice President, says, “We are excited about the opportunities this new welding program will provide for the citizens in our district. Welding is a targeted occupation that offers high wages and excellent benefits.”

                The welding program is made possible through a grant awarded to the Alabama/Florida Technical Employment Network (AF-TEN). Chipola, L. B. Wallace, Northwest Florida State, Pensacola State, and Wallace Community College formed the consortium that was awarded a $10 million grant by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The grant supports colleges that provide training for advanced manufacturing jobs. Each college shares a portion of the grant. Chipola’s share is $1.6 million.

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Welding student Mark Hirt cuts a steel plate on an Iron Worker machine.

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 February 20, 2014

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CHIPOLA’S LITERATURE/LANGUAGE WINNERS

                MARIANNA—Some 125 students from 10 area high schools competed in writing, reading, speech, oral interpretation, literature, humanities, grammar, and Spanish contests at Chipola College on Feb. 14.

                The occasion was the Twenty-fourth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival hosted by Chipola’s Letters Department.  The purpose of the festival is to recognize and encourage academic excellence.

                Prizes were awarded to first, second and third places, as well as two honorable mentions, in each category.  The winner of the President’s Reading Contest received a special medallion as well as a cash award.

                Contest winners from participating schools are listed below.

                President’s Reading Award—Faith Plazarin of Blountstown High School.

                Writing: first—Andrew Goff of Liberty County High School; second—Sarah Peterman of Marianna High School, third—Gabrielle Simpson of Marianna High School; honorable mentions—Brooke Coleman of Altha Public School and David Horton of Graceville High School.

                Speech: first—Maddie Craven of Marianna High School; second—Brianna Morris of Graceville High School; third—Mallory Myhill of Sneads High School; honorable mentions—Kourtnie Richardson of Cottondale High School and Jabe Rosier of Liberty County High School.

                Oral Interpretation: first—Elyn Sapp of Marianna High School; second—Mark Thrower of Graceville High School; third—Shayli Tharpe of Marianna High School; honorable mentions—Ashlyn Jeffries of Chipley High School and Haley Hales of Bethlehem High School.

                Literature: first—Faith Plazarin of Blountstown High School; second—Rachael Spooner of Vernon High School; third—Hunter Powell of Sneads High School; honorable mentions—Turner McCroan of Cottondale High School and Emaleigh Munn of Chipley High School.

                Humanities: first—Jerryd Perry of Vernon High School; second—Joelina Armke of Graceville High School; third—Tristan Edenfield of Sneads High School; honorable mentions—Genny Kunkel of Vernon High School and Patrick Fortunato of Cottondale High School.

                Grammar: first—Cole Hamilton of Sneads High School; second—Brianna McCaffrey of Sneads High School; third—Roseanna Moore of Liberty County High School; honorable mentions—Katy Gramling of Cottondale High School and J. P. Leonard of Blountstown High School.

                Spanish Language Contest: first—Blanca Bescos of Graceville High School; second—Milli Beall of Bethlehem High School; third—Cristina Ramirez of Graceville High School; honorable mentions—Andy Faria of Sneads High School and Elizabeth Martinez of Chipley High School.

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February 20, 2014

TICKETS ON SALE FOR CHIPOLA’S SOUND OF MUSIC

                MARIANNA—Tickets are selling quickly for the Chipola College theatre production of “The Sound of Music,” which opens a five-day run Feb. 26. 

                The show runs nightly Wednesday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for 18 and under—are available online at www.chipola.edu and at the Center for the Arts Box Office, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, and one hour before each show.

                The play is directed by Charles Sirmon and designed by Connie Smith. Musical directors are Dale Heidebrecht and Dr. Josh Martin with choreography by Chris Manasco.

                The cast includes: Lindsey Wheatley as Maria, Colton Day as Captain von Trapp, Keith Watford as Max, Seth Alderman as Rolf, Kate Burke as Liesl, Evan Barber as Friedrich, Meredith Saunders as Louisa, Chandler King as Kurt, Gracie Wallace as Brigitta, Clara McCallister as Marta, Catherine Lewis as Gretl, Elaine Barfield as Mother Abbess, Cherie White as Berthe, Amy Cloud as Margaretta, Jamie Gibson as Sophie Gibson, Kayla Todd as Elsa Schraeder, Cody Ball as Franz and Odra Chapman as Frau Schmidt. Nuns are Victoria Taylor, Kayla Pickron, Olivia Black, Audrey Earnest, Baylee Earnest, Mary Ann Earnest, Patria Clark, Dianna Glaze, Deanna Baily, Mandy Deese, Odra Chapman, Kelli Todd, Gayle DiBenedetto and Chris Lauen. Neighbors of Von Trapp, Nazis, contestants and guests include: Clyde DeClouet, Will Spencer, Joesph Concovan, Veronica Taylor, Deanna Bailey, Lee Shook, Victoria Taylor, Baylee Earnest, Hugh Black and Diana Glaze. 

                For ticket information, call 850-718-2420.

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SOUND OF MUSIC TICKETS ON SALE AT CHIPOLA— Tickets are selling quickly for the Chipola College theatre production of “The Sound of Music,” which opens a five-day run Feb. 26.  Pictured are the Von Trapp children, from left: (front) Clara McCallister, Chandler King, Catherine Lewis, (back) Kate Burke, Meredith Saunders, Evan Barber and Gracie Wallace. For ticket information, call 850-718-2420.

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February 20, 2014

CHIPOLA AUTO AND COSMETOLOGY PROGRAMS WIN AT SKILLS USA

                Chipola College students in the Automotive Technology and Cosmetology programs picked up several awards in the recent Skills USA competition.

                In Automotive, Michael Bramblett won first place and Brandon Evers came in third. The students completed a 100-question exam and performed a live demonstration on automotive diagnostics and repairs. The students are all ASE Certified. They will compete in the state competition for a chance to go to the Skills USA Nationals.

                In Cosmetology, three Chipola students won awards.  Jocelin Sukanec finished first in Nail Care.  In addition to a written exam, she completed a set of sculptured nails, nail wraps and a nail art design. 

                Alice Rabion won first place in Esthetics. Her competition included a basic facial with massage, a day-time make-up look, and an Avatar fantasy themed make-up on a live model. 

                Kaleigh Clark finished second in women’s haircutting and long hair design.  From a photograph, she was asked to recreate a design by cutting and coloring on a manikin head.   

                The Chipola students will compete at the Skill USA state competition in April.

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CHIPOLA AUTOMOTIVE PROGRAM WINS SKILLS USA —Picture from left, are: Trent Jackson, Michael Bramblett, Chipola Automotive Instructor Chase Vlieg and Brandon Evers.

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CHIPOLA COSMETOLOGY PROGRAM WINS AT SKILLS USA—front: Alice Rabion, 1st place Esthetics; Kaleigh Clark, 2nd place Haircutting & Long Hair Design; Jocelin Sukanec, 1st place in Nail Care (back) Michael Bramlett 1st place Automotive and Brandon Evers 3rd place Automotive.

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February 20, 2014

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TEACHERS LEARN AT CHIPOLA WORKSHOP—More than 150 teachers and future teachers participated in the recent annual Chipola Teacher Education Workshop. Florida’s Teacher of the Year Dorina Sackman was the featured speaker.   Chipola education majors, education faculty, staff, and Chipola graduates led the workshops highlighting hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom. Pictured from left, are: education majors Kristen Reynolds, Samantha Matthews, Meagan Sanders and Mary Hewett.

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February 20, 2014

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CHIPOLA PUBLIC SERVICE TRAINING--Jackson County Sheriff’s employees Deputy Jessica Weathersbee and Sgt. Sammy Efurd practice their CPR skills at a Chipola College Public Service class for local officers. The class included training in CPR, Automated External Defibrillator (AED), First Aid and hazardous materials. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement requires officers to update these skills on a regular basis. Chipola offers the course at a minimal fee to help officers meet their mandatory training requirements. 

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February 20, 2014

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CHIPOLA CELEBRATES NEW WELDING PROGRAM—Chipola College officials held an Open House and Ribbon-Cutting, Tuesday, Feb. 18, to celebrate the opening of the college’s new Welding program. Members of the Chipola District Board of Trustees, welding students and college personnel were on hand for tours of the lab.  Chipola has a full class of 20 students currently enrolled in the 1,170 clock-hour course which can be completed in approximately one year. 

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February 20, 2014

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CHIPOLA TO HOST MARCH 31 RECEPTION FOR PROUGH AND TRAYNOM

                MARIANNA—The public is invited to celebrate the retirement of Chipola College president Dr. Gene Prough and Joyce Traynom, his Administrative Assistant, at a drop-in reception, Monday, March 31, from 3 to 5 p.m.

                The reception will be held in Lobby of the Chipola Center for the Arts.

                No gifts please. Those wishing, may make donations to the Dr. Gene Prough Presidential Challenge Scholarship Fund in the Chipola Foundation.

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February 20, 2014

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CHIPOLA HOSTS NORTHWEST FOR HOMECOMING

                MARIANNA— Chipola hosts arch rival Northwest for Homecoming Saturday, Feb. 22, in the final games of the regular season.

                Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough and his wife, Priscilla, will host an Alumni Reception beginning at 6 p.m. in the Hospitality Room. Alumni, retirees and friends of the college are invited. The homecoming court will be presented, and the Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola crowned, during halftime of the men’s game.

                The homecoming game is a must-win for the Indians who are locked in a three-way tie for first with Northwest and Pensacola, all at 7-4.  But the Indians control their own destiny. A win over Northwest will give Chipola the men’s conference championship and the number one seed from the Panhandle in the state tournament. 

                A Chipola loss to Northwest on Saturday creates two scenarios. If Chipola loses to Northwest and Pensacola beats Gulf Coast, Chipola will finish third in the league and miss the state tourney. If the Indians lose to the Raiders and Gulf Coast wins Saturday, the Indians would face Pensacola in a one game playoff to decide second place in the league and a berth in the state tournament. 

                Chipola and Northwest split their first two meetings this season. The Indians won 86-78 on Jan. 18 in Marianna, but fell to the Raiders 90-83 on Feb. 5 in Niceville.

                The Indians scored a big 67-64 win over Tallahassee on Feb. 18. Sam Cassell, Jr., led Chipola with 26 points. Carlos Morris scored 18 and pulled down 7 rebounds. The Indians held on for an 83-82 overtime win over arch-rival Gulf Coast on Feb. 11. Sam Cassell, Jr., led all scorers with 34 points.

                The men’s league race is knotted with Chipola (7-4) tied with Northwest (7-4) and Pensacola (7-4). Gulf Coast is (4-7). Tallahassee is (3-9). The men’s and women’s FCSAA State Tournament will move to Ocala this year after being held at Chipola for 17 years. 

                The Lady Indians (11-0) have already earned a berth to the state tournament and their first Panhandle Conference title since 1990 with a 69-30 win over Gulf Coast on Feb. 11.

                The Lady Indians also cruised to a 55-38 win over Tallahassee on Feb. 18. Diamonisha Sophus and Rahni Bell each scored 14. Evelyn Akhator had 11 points and 7 steals.

                The Lady Indians are headed to the FCSAA State Tournament, March 5-8 in Ocala, as the top seed from the Panhandle. Second year head coach Greg Franklin took last year’s team all the way to the Elite Eight of the NJCAA Women’s Basketball National Tournament.

                The Lady Indians (27-7) won two of three games in the tournament before falling to number two seed Central Arizona (32-1), 84-67, on Thursday, March 21.

                All Conference games will be broadcast on WJAQ-100.9 FM and on the web at PSBLIVE.com. For the latest news about Chipola Athletics, visit www.chipolaathletics.com.     

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February 24, 2014

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CHIPOLA HOMECOMING COURT— Tatum Skipper of Malone and Micah Ruiz of Bascom were crowned Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola at the Chipola College Homecoming game on Feb. 22. Pictured from left, are: (front) Will Glover of Greenwood; Sara Kaye Compton of Chipley; Frankie Murrell of Blountstown; Tiara Sorey of Campbellton; Priscilla Prough; Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough; Tatum Skipper of Malone, Homecoming Queen 2014; Micah Ruiz of Bascom, Mr. Chipola 2014; Alexandria Nong of Marianna; John Eubanks of Bonifay; Tierra Campbell of Malone and Qron Mullins of Panama City. Tatum Skipper is the daughter of Danny and Gina Skipper of MaloneShe is the President of SGA and is involved in Student Ambassadors and the TRIO SocietyShe plans to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at Chipola.  Micah Ruiz is son of Ethel McGriff and Freddie Ruiz of Bascom.  He is a member of Show Choir, Chamber Chorus, Black Student Union and the Student Government Association.  He is a Music major and plans to graduate with a degree in Recording Arts from Full Sail University. 

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February 27, 2014

 CHIPOLA BUSINESS STUDENTS ARE SECOND IN WORLD-WIDE COMPETITION

                MARIANNA—Chipola College Business Majors are currently competing in The Business Strategy Game (BSG), a world-wide business simulation competition.

                Chipola’s "I Got Sole" team of Justin Terry, Mark Shuler and Kaitlyn Pope, is currently second globally in their overall score. They are in competition with 2,440 classes in 429 schools from 37 countries.

                The Chipola team is operating a shoe manufacturing corporation that has been in existence for 10 years. They run in it for an additional 10-year period with their performance scored on: ROI (return on investment), ROE (return on equity), stock price, credit rating and image rating. Teams are given a cumulative overall score and are ranked each week according to their scores compared to other teams around the world.

                BSG teams make their own decisions based on the lessons covered in Chipola instructor Dorothy Day’s Strategic Management class. Using sound strategy options and objectives, their goal is to create a sustainable, competitive advantage over the course of the 10-week period that simulates 10 years for the company.

                Over the last 12 months, The Business Strategy Game has been used by 50,209 students in 2,880 classes at 576 college and university locations in 52 different countries. 

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CHIPOLA BUSINESS STUDENTS ARE SECOND IN WORLD-WIDE COMPETITION—Chipola College Business Majors are currently competing in The Business Strategy Game (BSG), a world-wide business simulation competition. Chipola’s "I Got Sole" team is currently second globally in their overall score. Pictured from left, are: Justin Terry, Mark Shuler and Kaitlyn Pope. The team is in competition with 2,440 classes in 429 schools from 37 countries.

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February 27, 2014

TALENT SEARCH STUDENTS TOUR CHIPOLA WORKFORCE PROGRAMS

                MARIANNA—Students in the Chipola College Talent Search program recently toured the Workforce Development programs at Chipola. 

                Talent Search includes selected juniors and seniors from Calhoun, Liberty, Jackson, Washington and Holmes counties. Chipola program instructors shared information and demonstrations with the students.  

                John Gardner, Automotive Technology instructor, gave the students experience changing a tire using an air wrench.   Welding instructor Patrick Kennedy led the students in a welding demonstration. 

                The Public Service programs promoted their programs with quick training to work time tables, salaries and benefits available after training.  Students watched videos of actual fires that Chipola firefighters have extinguished.  Students visited a mock jail cell and sally port where suspects are brought to jail to be booked. 

                Culinary management instructor Mark Panichella put the icing on the cake as he demonstrated cake decorating techniques on a large cupcake prepared by Chipola students. 

                For information about Chipola’s Workforce programs, visit www.chipola.edu or phone 850-526-2761 and ask for the specific program area.

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TALENT SEARCH STUDENTS TOUR CHIPOLA WORKFORCE PROGRAMS--Students in the Chipola College Talent Search program recently toured the Workforce Development programs at Chipola.  Here Ceona Hall, a junior from Poplar Springs High, uses an impact wrench in the Chipola automotive program.

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February 27, 2014

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CHIPOLA HOMECOMING COURT— Tatum Skipper of Malone and Micah Ruiz of Bascom were crowned Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola at the Chipola College Homecoming game on Feb. 22. Pictured from left, are: (front) Will Glover of Greenwood; Sara Kaye Compton of Chipley; Frankie Murrell of Blountstown; Tiara Sorey of Campbellton; Priscilla Prough; Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough; Tatum Skipper of Malone, Homecoming Queen 2014; Micah Ruiz of Bascom, Mr. Chipola 2014; Alexandria Nong of Marianna; John Eubanks of Bonifay; Tierra Campbell of Malone and Qron Mullins of Panama City.

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February 27, 2014

 

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CHIPOLA CELEBRATES STUDENT NURSES WEEK—The Chipola Organization of Student Nurses celebrated Student Nurses Week, Feb. 24-28. The group offered refreshments in the lobby of the Health Sciences Division and sold raffle tickets for various items and Nursing student t-shirts. Pictured from left, are: Nursing instructor Amber Bruner, faculty adviser; nursing students Brett McCullers, Brittney Dilmore, Candice Evans and Jessica Porter. 

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February 27, 2014

 

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CHIPOLA TALENT SEARCH VISITS FSU/PC—Chipola College's Talent Search tenth grade students from the five county service area recently toured the Panama City campus of Florida State University.  FSU/PC offers an engineering program which can be entered after completing two years at Chipola. Talent Search is a federally funded program that provides students with experiences to encourage them to seek career training or college after high school.

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February 27, 2014

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FUQUA IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Julie Fuqua has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month for March.  Fuqua serves as Director of Foundation and has worked at the college since 1994.  Here, Fuqua accepts the award from Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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February 27, 2014

Chipola Commencement Moved To Dothan Civic Center- 2014

CHIPOLA COMMENCEMENT MOVED TO DOTHAN CIVIC CENTER

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College 2014 Commencement Ceremony has been moved to the Dothan Civic Center in Dothan, Alabama, on Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m.

                The Chipola Health Center, where the ceremony is usually held, will be under renovation from March to September.

                All graduates will be presented in one ceremony allowing students to invite an unlimited number of guests to share this event.

                All Chipola Spring and Summer graduates are encouraged to participate by completing and submitting an Application for Graduation by March 7.

                For information, visit the Admissions and Records Office in Student Services Building A. Information also is available online at www.chipola.edu, or by calling 850-718-2311.

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February 27, 2014

CHIPOLA FACES CENTRAL FLORIDA IN MEN’S STATE TOURNEY MARCH 5

                OCALA—The Chipola College men’s basketball team faces reigning state and national champion Central Florida, Wednesday, March 5, at 8 p.m. (EST), in the first round of the FCSAA State Tournament on the campus of the College of Central Florida in Ocala.

                A first round win would move Chipola to the semi-finals Friday, March 7, to face the winner of Eastern State and Polk. The men’s championship is Saturday, March 8, at 5 p.m. State Tournament games will be broadcast on the web at www.ihigh.com/collegeofcentrafla

                Chipola finished the regular season as co-champion of the Panhandle Conference with a 69-74 win over Northwest on Feb. 22.  Sam Cassell, Jr., led Chipola with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Carlos Morris had 21 points and 6 rebounds. Cinmeon Bowers came off the bench to score 9 points and pull down 9 rebounds.

                Panhandle co-champion Pensacola faces Daytona in the first round of the state tournament.

                Chipola (22-5) tops the men’s state poll. Other tournament teams in the poll include: Daytona, second; Eastern Florida State, third; Pensacola (20-10), fourth; Central Florida (23-8), sixth; Miami Dade (21-9), seventh; and St. Petersburg (19-8), eighth. 

                Second year Chipola men’s coach Patrick Blake has compiled a career record of 48-10 in two years as a head coach. The Indians were eliminated in the semi-final round of 2013 state tournament with an 82-72 loss to Brevard. Chipola sophomore Cinmeon Bowers was named to the 2013 All-Tournament team.

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February 27, 2014

CHIPOLA FACES PALM BEACH IN WOMEN’S STATE TOURNAMENT MARCH 6

                The Chipola College Lady Indians (28-1) face Palm Beach (24-6), Thursday, March 6, at 6 p.m. (EST), in the FCSAA Women’s State Tournament on the campus of the College of Central Florida in Ocala.

                A first round win would put the Panhandle Champion Lady Indians in the semi-finals, Friday, March 7, at 8 p.m., to face the winner of Florida State College and Indian River. Panhandle runner-up Northwest faces Hillsborough in the first round of the tournament.

                State Tournament games will be broadcast on the web at www.ihigh.com/collegeofcentrafla

                The Lady Indians remained perfect (12-0) in conference play with a 66-51 win over Northwest on Feb. 22. Rahni Bell led Chipola with 23 points. Evelyn Akhator had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Diamonisha Sophus had 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 points.

                The Lady Indians are first in the women’s state poll. Other tournament teams in the poll are: Northwest, second; St. Petersburg, third; Florida State @ Jax, fourth; Palm Beach, sixth; Hillsborough, eighth; and Indian River, tenth.

                The Lady Indians (28-1) are fourth in the NJCAA National Poll. Trinity Valley (27-1) is first. Walters State (28-0) is second. Hutchinson (27-0) is third. Northwest (22-5) is seventh.

                Coach Greg Franklin is in his second year as head coach of the Lady Indians. In his first season, Franklin’s team compiled a 28-8 record and finished second in the 2013 state tournament. The Lady Indians won a first-ever at-large bid to the 2013 national tournament where they finished in the Elite Eight.  

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February 27, 2014

WAKULLA’S WIEDEMAN TO RUN FOR CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY

                WAKULLA—Wakulla High School runner Margaret Wiedeman has signed to run for the Chipola College Cross Country team.

                She has served as Captain of Wakulla's Varsity Cross Country team for the past two years. She was named to the All Big Bend Cross Country Second Team for the past three years. She has helped lead her team to three consecutive District Championships and has aided the team in advancing to the State Finals twice. She has a handful of individual District Championship titles in the 1600 Meters and 5K and has placed among the finalists in Regional competitions. She also has played on the Varsity Soccer team for three years.

                Weideman is ranked 11th in her graduating class. She is President of the National Honor Society, a member of the Yearbook Staff. Margaret is also a four year participant in WHS's Medical Academy.

                She plans to study Communications at Chipola and then transfer to a university in order to earn a Bachelor's degree. Weideman is the daughter of Lewis and Amy Wiedeman.

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WAKULLA’S WIEDEMAN SIGNS WITH CHIPOLA—Wakulla High School runner Margaret Wiedeman has signed to run for the Chipola College Cross Country team. Pictured from left, are: (front) Lewis Wiedman (father), Margaret Wiedeman, Amy Wiedeman (mother); (back) Wakulla AD Mike Smith; Wakulla track coach Paul Hoover, assistant coach Katie Hathcock and  Chipola Cross Country Coach Rance Massengill.

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February 27, 2014

Mader Is State Pitcher Of The Week- 2014

CHIPOLA’S MADER IS STATE PITCHER OF THE WEEK

                MARIANNA—Chipola College’s Michael Mader is this week’s NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week.

                Mader, a sophomore from Marianna, went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in one appearance during the voting period. He threw six innings of no-hit ball and struck out seven against Gordon State on Feb. 21. After Mader left the game due to pitch count, teammate Franklin Van Gurp finished the combined no-hitter in the Indians’ 10-0, seven-inning victory.

                Chipola is ranked second in the FCSAA State Poll behind State College of Florida.

The Indians host Grand Rapids in a five game series this weekend including a double-header Friday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; a double-header Saturday, March 1, at 1 and 4 p.m., and one game Sunday, March 2, at noon.

                Chipola hosts LSU Eunice in a four-game series March 7-9, with games Friday, March 7, at 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 8, at 1 and 4 p.m.; and Sunday, March 9, at 1 p.m.

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